Erin Blackwell, CRA

Nominee for Region III Treasurer-Elect

Assistant Director, College of Education & Human Performance Office of Research, University of Central Florida

Bio

Personal Statement

Since being introduced to NCURA (and Region III) through my positions in research administration for the past ten years, I have come to appreciate the support that this organization brings to its members. As such, I would like to serve as Treasurer-Elect. I believe that my experience in financial management provides me with a solid background in serving in this position.

Prior to my first research administration job with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007, I held several positions in grants administration for a county government and a non-profit. I was also involved at the programmatic and operational level of some of the grants that I managed.

While the majority of my financial management experience relates to monitoring financial transactions and preparing budget reports for projects in coordination with principal investigators, I have also had the opportunity to be responsible for budgets and expenditures while I acted as the Budget/Facilities Manager at Mid Florida Community Services. In this role, I led a department responsible for the building maintenance of twelve facilities. I was responsible for expending funds on large renovation projects in excess of $50,000 as well as prioritizing smaller projects and on-going maintenance contracts. Additionally, I worked with a management team to prioritize their budgetary needs within the agency’s rules and applicable federal guidelines.

In all of my roles, I have had to operate within a set of guidelines and regulations that directed my actions as well as be cognizant of financial principles to make sound decisions and provide guidance to others. While I enjoy all aspects of research administration that I have been involved in, financial management has always been my strongest area. This experience would serve me well as Treasurer-Elect for Region III.

I appreciate your consideration of my bid and look forward to serving my fellow research administrators in Region III.